This time of year is always full of new beginnings and everyone asking about resolutions and goals for the next year. Usually I am the same, last year I set myself 19 things that I wanted to do which I will go on to talk about in a second or two, but this year I feel unusually different. I don’t want to set myself a whole load of resolutions that I may or may not achieve. This year I am going to set myself some goals of things that I want to continue to do and to improve on. I know this sounds a bit odd but there are things that I have accomplished in 2019 that I am proud of and this feeling is something quite different for me.

So the 19 for 2019 list was a bit over the top however when you break it down, I probably have completed about half of them. I’m not wanting to be all negative nancy on here anymore so I am only going to talk about the ones that I have accomplished rather than reflecting on the negative stuff. Last year I wanted to take more time out for myself and I have definitely done that. I’ve been to Carlisle, Manchester and Bellingham on my own. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and being in my own company something that I didn’t think I would ever be able to say. I also managed to tick off another goal too and that was to read at least six books. All you readers are probably thinking that is nothing but for a dyslexic, reading six books is quite an accomplishment. One of my favourites has actually been The Secret Lives of Colour. It has a whole load of fascinating but important histories of different colours. Just take my word for it, if you are a creative this is a must. Another resolution that I set myself was to learn how to drive and get a job. I realised at the tender age of 25 that I’ve not been the best at adulting since I moved back to the North East. Luckily, I have passed my theory test last year and I have a little part time gig to go alongside my University degree. Unfortunately music isn’t involved but I wish it was. Alongside the adulting front, I wanted to start thinking about my future career so I gained work experience within the fashion industry (another tick) and went on to finish my first year at University. In a nutshell that’s everything that I managed to tick off last year but guess what? I am okay with that.

Moving onto the “resolution” list for this year. Please take this with a pinch of salt because the more positive attitude driven Yasmina is only going to be looking at the good things in life these days and like I said earlier I just to improve on and continue doing things that I started on in 2019. So here’s the list of things that I hope to accomplish by this time next year:

  • save £40 each month – I managed to do this last year and it works well for me and my budget at the moment.
  • pass my practical driving test – I am still doing lessons and haven’t given up which is a huge thing for me. I am currently trying to just build up my confidence before booking it again.
  • go on holiday – I am already heading to Paris with my course but I want to celebrate my graduation by ticking off one of my bucket list places perhaps Amsterdam or Prague.
  • consistently post on my blog – for the past couple of years I haven’t been consistently writing over on The July Journal and in all honesty I miss it. I’ve said this a few times too. University is important to me however so is this. I graduate this year and I want to start thinking about my future. YouTube is something that I have always wanted to have a proper go at too but I never have because I have been scared of judgement but this year I do want to spend more time vlogging and creating memories and writing on my little space. I am not going to set myself any pressure but even if I can write one or two times a week about things that would be cool.
  • be a better version of myself – I started eating healthier and shopping more ethically last year and this year I want to continue on that track. It’s not necessarily to lose weight because I finally feel happy the way I am but it is to aid my positive mental attitude. As a fashion student, I find it important to try and source my clothing pieces a bit more ethically so I am going to try looking on depop and in charity shops before buying from the high street.
  • I want to enjoy my graduation – this is a big one for me. I am presuming most people look forward to the day they get to glam up in a nice dress, have a glass of champers and collect that scroll they’ve worked so hard for but for me I am dreading it. Graduation gives me all sort of fears which is why this is a goal for me.
  • I’ve upped my reading list to eight this year. Yes, eight books! If you have any book recommendations please let me know.
  • Finally, I released some deskpads that I designed (with the help of an illustrator) and I want to be proud of it. My shop is called The July Collective. You can find it on Etsy and it’s now a link on my header. I’ve got a couple of them left but if you want to order one then please let me know. I set it up as part of a module at University and I am super proud of them!


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Is there anything that you want to achieve this year? What’s your thoughts about setting goals?

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